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Sale Tops Q in Slugfest

May 30th, 2017 vs. Boston Red Sox

Sox Office Smash Hit:
Return of the Jedi
Sale returns home as a Dark Jedi

Short Take:  Marquee pitching matchup turns into slugfest as Sox drop game 2 to Boston.

A South Side legend returned home to 35th and Shields tonight for the first time ever in a road uniform and what was on tap was a doozy of a pitching matchup on paper. Chris Sale vs. his old partner in crime, Jose Quintana. It was jarring and strange to see "Boston" emblazoned on the jersey that hung on Chris Sale's familiar lanky frame. After years of having Chris Sale be the signature source of pride on the team, seeing that Boston uniform on him certainly produced many mixed emotions among the White Sox faithful in attendance and those watching at home on TV. The fans at the ballpark tonight were appreciative of the great years Chris Sale gave to the franchise and gave him a nice lengthy standing ovation as he left the visitor dugout for the mound to open the game. I attended this game in person and Chris got cheered from the moment he left the top step of the dugout until he finished wrapping his warmup tosses. What followed was completely unexpected as both Sale and Quintana struggled in what turned into a lengthy slugfest that ended with the South Siders on the short end losing 13-7.  

Struggling White Sox ace Jose Quintana continued right on struggling tonight. The Red Sox went to work on Jose early in this one. They hung 4 runs off Jose in the 2nd inning that was capped off by HRs from Mookie Betts and Devin Muerrero. One would think spotting 4 runs to Chris Sale early would make the White Sox instant road kill. However, Chris Sale wasn't quite sharp either as some of his former mates put together a 3 run bottom of the 2nd highlighted by a Leury Garcia RBI single and a 2 RBI single by Jose Abreu which made it 4-3. Quintana's night would end in the 3rd inning as he yielded yet another 3 run HR to #9 hitter Devin Muerrero which put Boston on top 7-3. Jose's struggles to start 2017 have been a real head scratcher so far and fastball location seems to be the main culprit as he falls behind too many hitters lessening the effectiveness of his secondary pitches.  

Chris Sale's woes weren't over in this one either. In the bottom of the 3rd, Tim Anderson singled home Avi Garcia. The very next inning, Todd Frazier would blast a high towering 2 run HR to LF off Chris Sale. This pulled the Sox to within one run at 7-6. Alas, the Sox middle relief corps couldn't stop further damage as Dan Jennings allowed yet another Red Sox HR. This time it was Jackie Bradley Jr doing the heavy lifting for Boston. It seemed every time the Sox would pull closer in this game, the pitching would give it right back. To be fair, Quintana left the bullpen with quite a few innings to cover. Tim Anderson added a solo HR in the 8th to draw slightly closer but Boston tacked on two more HRs in the late innings from Bogaerts and Moreland. Jennings and Minaya were the victims of those two bombs in the 8th and 9th innings respectively. The Moreland HR would mercifully end the offensive assault as the Red Sox evened up the three game series.

The much anticipated marquee pitching matchup tonight never really materialized and quickly devolved into a slow HR filled back and forth slugfest. The ball was carrying well on a crisp evening on the South Side but neither ace brought their best stuff tonight. Sale did manage to gut out five innings on a rare off evening for him in what has otherwise been another brilliant season. Chris Sale will always be a big part of White Sox history and his trade to Boston continues to be a polarizing topic among fans who were either for or against a total rebuild. The trade signaled a new direction and path for the Chicago White Sox. Chris was my personal favorite player of the recent vintage White Sox teams and his starts were appointment viewing for me. There is no denying the Sox got a bundle of young talent in return for Sale. It will take a few years to know whether the team made the right move or not. For now, seeing my favorite White Sox player pitch for the visitors was a little tough to watch while the best pieces of that trade remain hidden away in Charlotte and Birmingham. Here is hoping Yoan Moncada and Micheal Kopech make the trade worthwhile. The White Sox look to take the series tomorrow in the rubber match as Mike Pelfrey takes the hill against lefty Drew Pomeranz.

Game Notes-

-Chris Sale pitched 5.0 innings, allowed 10H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 9Ks.

-Jose Quintana pitched 2.2 innings, allowed 10H, 7R, 7ER, 0BBs, 4Ks.

-Melky Cabrera was pulled in the 8th inning after fouling a ball off his eye. He has swelling but no fracture. He was 3 for 5 in the game.

-Matt Davidson had the "Platinum Sombrero" tonight. He was 0 for 5 with 5Ks.

 Thanks for the memories, Chris.

submitted by Foulke You.

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